On paper, losing weight should be easy. We need to eat less and move more, and really, that’s all there should be to it. But in reality, we all know that sticking to a healthy diet sounds easier than it is. Sure, you might start off the week with the best intentions, with plenty of meal prep and ideas for healthy snacks. But two days in you get invited for lunch with colleagues, and of course – it’s a burger joint. You might enjoy getting stuck into a big burger – and whilst there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in awhile, it can often feel like you’ve undone all your hard work.
If something like this has happened to you, don’t panic. You can try introducing temporary dietary habits to help yourself get back on track. These are not meant as long-term efforts, but if you need to boost your metabolism again (this could even be due to a weight-loss plateau) they can be the perfect option. Here are some of the simplest diet changes that help you lose weight.
Not Eating After a Certain Time
Most people have heard of the ‘6pm’ rule – where once that clock strikes 6, all food is off limits for the rest of the evening. Let’s start with the good stuff: there IS evidence that it works. A lot of this is down to basic science.
When we eat during the evenings, we are very unlikely to be doing any form of physical activity for the rest of the night. Therefore, little if any of the food is burnt off. On a more social level, it is also related to the types of food we tend to eat late at night. After all, no one is raiding the fridge at 11pm looking for carrot sticks!
Starchy, carb-laden produce is the food of choice for most late night munchers, which can also be the reason behind weight gain. Obviously, in the real world, most of us haven’t got home from work at 6pm, let alone had our last meal of the day. But try and limit what you eat in the last few hours before bedtime, or at least make healthy choices.
Adding Supplements to Your Diet
Another incredibly popular method that many people swear by is adding supplements to their diet. Most find it hard to get the right nutrients and minerals into our bodies due to our busy lifestyles. This is especially hard if you find yourself on-the-go a lot. This is where supplements come in.
You can get them for general health reasons, or to target specific ailments – the variety is huge. If you are curious about them, you can find more information on websites such as BestDiets2017.com. Just remember to not rely on them entirely. Whilst brief detoxes are okay with some types of supplements; as a general rule, they should be taken as part of a normal healthy diet.
The 5:2 Diet
Another weight-loss tactic that has been very popular over the last few years is the 5:2 diet. This eating trend involves eating whatever you want 5 days a week (healthy food, though) and then sending your body into starvation mode for two days. Contrary to popular belief, it is not two whole days of fasting.
You can eat, but the food you have has to amount to less than 500 calories. Many people claim this diet has helped them to lose weight and lose it quickly. But as with any diet, you need to consult your doctor before you embark on changing your food habits.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.